TinyCo Employee Reviews about "catered dinners"

Updated Nov 11, 2017

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  • "It's hard to make a real impact on the decision-making for the games that are made (but small effects are easy)(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good, passionate people trying to make great games."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There’s catered lunch a few days a week and catered dinner. Work life balance is mostly good other than understandably right before a big game release. Best coworkers you will ever work with!

    Cons

    401k marching is non existent. No bonuses or equity or any other structure exists to make me feel like I have a stake in company success.

  2. Helpful (6)

    "No, no & no."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Some amazing and talented people - Catered dinners and periodic lunches/events - Great location (easier to job hunt and interview for something better!)

    Cons

    - Middle managers and above are mediocre at best but mostly incompetent - Nonexistent HR. Would not be surprised if the company ever gets sued for HR violations - Below-standard pay and benefits/perks. They provide the bare minimum of the law and almost nothing more. - Tend to hire sycophants, resulting in piss-poor practices and minimal to no improvement in development practices and products. Actual good developers end up leaving or getting sidelined - Long hours - No bonuses, minimal to no raises - Executive team feels like a cool kids/boys club; entirely male-dominated - The company does not care about retaining talent. They take advantage of the fact that many people want to work in the game industry. This results in an unprecedented employee turnover rate

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  3. Helpful (18)

    "A few bad apples spoil the bunch"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people who are incredibly passionate, and fun projects. Catered dinners. Close to BART.

    Cons

    When I was at TinyCo, they were bribing people to post fake positive glass door reviews, so be forewarned of what you read on here. The culture revolves around overworking for little pay and no overtime. Several Product Managers who were there when I was bragged that they got paid over 6 figures for doing nothing. One of them said they "pretended to type." This is while other people, myself included were crunching like crazy. The CEO clearly values "numbers guys" and doesn't trust creatives, appointing himself as creative director on more than one project.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good company"

    4.0
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    Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo

    Pros

    A lot of talented people in every area. Participation in all the stages and areas of development Challenging tasks. Full snack bar, beers and catered dinners everyday Frequent company outtings Gym on site Location

    Cons

    Easy disposal of talented people if they feel they don't need you anymore, principally artists, product managers and content people. Really tight deadlines.

  5. Helpful (13)

    "Experienced developer? Look elsewhere"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + Some great co-workers who genuinely try to make the most out of poorly scheduled projects, insane demands and zero resources + Snacks in the kitchen and catered dinners + Location

    Cons

    -Absolutely no interest in making anything that isn't a template of a f2p builder. All projects that tried to break away have been sabotaged by upper management and then all blame was shouldered off on people who have left, or even worse third party partners. -Upper management has effectively chased away all experienced talent away from the studio - from producers,engineers to designers and continues to distrust every hire. -No real experienced development talent, outside of a few handful of developers, exists in the studio anymore as they have all but quit. -Lots of politics. The irony from recent positive reviews comes in the form of upper management/ PMs playing the game and claiming it doesn't exist. Depending on the department or role you have in the studio - don't be surprised to be asked to withhold information from key individuals in some sort of sordid powerplay. -Any difference in opinions will result in your work or you being marginalized. -Non-existant / infrequent 1-on-1s depending on the department. There doesn't appear to be any sort of career plan in place. -No HR department. Feeling harassed at work? Need somebody to complain to? Tough. Keep it to yourself or your manager if you trust him/her, otherwise it could be used against you. "It's a startup" is a frequent excuse for: lack of structure, poor planning, poor attitudes from management and pretty much anything the studio fundamentally needs in order to function properly.

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  6. Helpful (15)

    "Amazing talent pool hindered by poor decision making and lack of vision"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * All the usual goodies for tech startups: catered dinners, outings, fun people who are passionate about their work, etc. * Get to work with exciting 3rd-party IPs * Great benefits * The people are amazing * The culture is welcoming to all kinds of people * Beautiful views

    Cons

    * Development processes are overly focused on the short term. * Little effort is made to prevent recurring issues with the games, development workflows, or project management. * Innovative products nearly always evolve into slight variations of their older games, or are cancelled entirely. * Peer bonus system for "above and beyond" seems set up to reward unpaid overtime more than anything. "Above and beyond" varies wildly by department. * High turnover means frequent desk shuffles and exacerbates project management issues. * Quality of the live product is hampered by short release cycles and last-minute changes. * Few opportunities for advancement. * Open office plan is an obstacle when you need to focus, and working from home is actively discouraged.

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Talented Developers, Terrible Leadership"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly skilled developers. The art, engineering, design, QA and community teams are all extremely talented and hard-working. The leads for each of these departments are fittingly talented and dedicated, too. Standard game industry perks apply: there are catered dinners, a well-stocked break room, and a furnished games room. Quarterly outings are organized for each department. Frequent happy hours and free booze, if that's your thing. I will say that the culture at TinyCo is one of the most friendly and welcoming I have ever worked with. Specifically, bigotry is not tolerated among the lower-level employees. This company is a safe-space for most minority groups as consequence. There are no sexist or homophobic "brogrammers" here. If you want to work in an environment with friendly, talented peers whom you can learn from, TinyCo may be a good fit for you.

    Cons

    Poor and inconsistent leadership. The CEO changes his mind on a dime. Socially, he is a very likable guy, but as a leader he falls short. He micro-manages. He is not good at long-term planning. Instead of taking the opinions of employees under consideration when he disagrees with them, he will refuse to listen and invent his own reasons for that disparity. People who fall out of his favor are swiftly deposed. The Product Management team has also historically been so-so. Developers are underpaid. Raises are infrequent and pitifully small (typically 2% per year), so if you consider working here, negotiate a higher-than-average starting salary. Employees are often assigned new job titles and responsibilities without additional compensation. Company has a history of glorifying long hours, with little thought to work/life balance. The "peer bonus" system, which was initially created to reward outstanding work, has been gradually tailored to reward only those who stay late or do work outside of their own job. This results in rewarding understaffing, too. Also consider including required tools (min-spec machine, licensed software, Cintiq if you're an artist, etc.) in your initial contract, because this company is ridiculously stingy. Management has a history of promising necessary tools to their team without delivering. Same if you have need for ergonomic furniture, such as a comfortable chair or standing desk. I have seen employees with back injuries be denied standing desks unless they press the point, even if they have a doctor's note for one.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Backtracking, distrust, and broken process weigh TinyCo down."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee -  in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time

    Pros

    TinyCo provides benefits to employees that allow them to care for themselves effectively. When the collaboration works right the job can actually be fun. - A loose organizational structure and poorly defined roles means lots of opportunity to make of the job whatever you want, and to learn new skills. (No official training) - Projects are fast and ever-changing, you're unlikely to get bored. - Friendly free-speaking coworkers and a highly collaborative space. - Snacks provided. Catered dinner too, if you like to work late. - Health benefits, dental, vision, tax breaks for parking and public transportation. - Neat building in the financial district surrounded by yummy places to eat. - Drinking culture could be a pro, if you're into it.

    Cons

    TinyCo is full of people who are well qualified to work at better jobs. Collaboration and trust is often soured by scores of indecisive management. - A loose organizational structure and poorly defined roles means stress, confusion, and constantly facing conflicting demands with only a vague idea of what takes priority. - There is bickering between people of authority and few arbitrators or official channels for decision making. Backtracking over decisions multiple times is not uncommon. - Broken process cause of many problems. - Between job stress, overwork, and feeling devalued, there is a high turnover rate. - CEO fluctuates between under-engagement and over-engagement with the employees. Often reluctant to trust the expertise of his employees / sometimes seems to have little understanding of what the employees responsibilities are. - CEO seems to want to be approchable and do some of the talking himself; as a result ends up saying many things that sound very nice but are not backed by actions. - Apparent distrust at the top seems to trickle down. - Drinking culture could be a con, if you like to do something else from time to time.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Was Great at First, But Then Became Meh"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours - Good benefits - Catered dinners - Friendly coworkers - Monthly happy hour events

    Cons

    - Too many meetings - Lack of tools - Too many PMs

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good friends, good connections, bad games"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Time Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Fun environment - Interesting coworkers - Catered dinners/stocked snack pantry

    Cons

    - Management exempt from responsibility/liability Prepare to be steamrolled by management, have no choice but to implement a bad idea, and then be blamed for their mistakes. It rolls downhill, even at this small company.

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